Michael Gerson / Politics

The GOP as the party of reform

WASHINGTON -- Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair came to prominence in the 1990s as an expert in political renovation, transforming the Labour Party from a creaky, socialist relic to a modern, center-left, governing institution. Before Blair...

The Dystopia Next Door

WASHINGTON -- In 1993, Lois Lowry wrote a slim book for youth about totalitarianism, euthanasia, suicide, sexual awakening and infanticide. "The Giver" created a blooming genre -- the dystopian youth novel -- and considerable controversy. Some ...

Corrupting Citizens for Fun and Profit

WASHINGTON -- Two of the larger social trends of our time -- the growth of payday gambling and the legalization of marijuana -- have two things in common: They are justified as the expansion of personal liberty and they serve the interests of an ...

Needed: A Conservative Temperament

WASHINGTON -- A few recent developments have revealed the tea party temperament in its most distilled, potent form.

Former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin called for the impeachment of President Obama on the theory that his ...

The Divided States of Obama

WASHINGTON -- The headline -- "Poll: Obama Worst President Since World War II" -- was both provocative and misleading. The Quinnipiac survey did, indeed, place President Obama at the top of the worst since FDR. But this was largely a measure of ...

Learning the American Language

WASHINGTON -- On July 9, 1776, when the Declaration of Independence was first publicly read to the citizens of New York -- "We hold these truths to be self-evident ... " -- they responded by decapitating an equestrian statue of George III, cutting...